Sarah Sanders Announces Ban on Personal Cell Phones at the White House

A White House staff members uses her cellphone to record President Donald Trump speaking at a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced a ban on personal cellphones and devices in the West Wing, in an apparent attempt to block leaks from the White House.

“[S]tarting next week the use of all personal devices for both guests and staff will no longer be allowed in the West Wing,” Sanders said in a statement to reporters. “Staff will be able to conduct business on their government-issued devices and continue working hard on behalf of the American people.”

She added that the new policy demonstrated the Trump administration’s commitment to security.

Sanders’ announcement appears to be a reaction to the latest leaks in the explosive book on the Trump presidency by Michael Wolff, which capitalizes on insecure White House aides striving for influence.


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